I have reached the point in pregnancy where reasonable sleep patterns are unattainable. At 2 in the morning when the house is dark and quiet and the circadian rhythm of a normal human being would dictate sleep, I instead find myself experiencing insomnia induced by heartburn, leg cramps, contractions, and general pregnancy discomfort. At 2 in the afternoon when my kids want to run, shout, play, and generally be toddlers, I can barely keep my eyes open. I find that I get my best sleep starting around 6:00 in the morning. My kids like to wake up around 7:30. I usually hear them wake up, and then roll over and go back to sleep until they come find me and ask for breakfast.
Surprisingly, my kids are extremely well behaved during their unsupervised morning play time. They play for over an hour without causing any mayhem. Their favorite morning toys are books, puzzles, and cars. They never climb on anything, color on anything, or get into anything that they shouldn't. Then they eat breakfast and chaos ensues. Breakfast ruins my children. I've considered skipping the meal altogether, but I think starving your children counts as neglect, or abuse, or at least cause for severe judgement from other moms.
When the kids are tired of being well behaved and self sufficient, they come wake me up and ask for breakfast. The first thing my little boy says to me is always funny. Here are a few of my favorites:
"The monsters are trying to get into the scare program."
"I need to make my tummy feel better with M&Ms"
"Remember when I got in the big huge football bathtub?"
"My sister is not in her bed and I need to draw you a beautiful picture."
"Can you read the cupcake to me?"
Sundays are less fun because we have church early and I usually have to wake my kids up. They aren't as entertaining when they are groggy. This morning the little redhead didn't say anything to me until we were in the car and almost at church. Then he said, "Mama, I just told Daddy for you to stop waking me up."
I agree with him. Things are much more fun when he is the one that wakes me up.